Electromigration theory unified

A. Lodder

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    The starting formula of Bosvieux and Friedel (J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 23 (1962) 123) for the force on an ion in a metal due to an applied voltage is shown to lead to the same description as the linear-response approach used in the field since its introduction by Kumar and Sorbello (Thin Solid Films, 25 (1975) 25). By this electromigration theory has become a unified theory. This follows after accounting for a treacherous trap term, which at first sight seems to be zero. Up to now, Bosvieux and Friedel claimed to predict a completely screened direct force, which means that only a wind force would be operative. In addition, the amount of screening has been calculated up to second order in the potential of the migrating impurity, using a finite temperature version of the screening term derived by Sham (Phys. Rev. B, 12 (1975) 3142). For a proton in a metal modeled as a jellium the screening appears to be about 15%, which is neither negligible nor reconcilable with the old full-screening point of view. © EDP Sciences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)774-780
    Number of pages8
    JournalEurophysics Letters
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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